Investigation into Idaho-California jet crash halted due to shutdown

Investigation into Idaho-California jet crash halted due to shutdown

Credit: NBC Los Angeles

The wreckage of a small, private jet at the Santa Monica Airport

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 8:48 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The somber work of federal safety investigators has nearly come to a standstill.

In California, the wreckage of a private jet that crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport, killing four people, is being preserved off-site for National Transportation Safety Board investigators who packed up and left when the shutdown began Oct. 1.

Almost all of the board's 400 employees were furloughed, said NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel.

Investigators examining a train collision in Chicago were kept on the job, however, because of urgent safety concerns raised by that accident.

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